4.0 out of 5 stars
based on 3 Reviews
376 9th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(347) 422-0248


balkan, world

Typical earnings for each musician

based on input from 2 reviews

Paid via…

  • Lump sum?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Cover?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Donations?: Yes (3 votes)  
  • Minimum draw to get paid?: No (1 vote)  
  • Free food?: No (2 votes)  
  • Free drinks?: Yes (2 votes)  

Business practices

  • Non-profit?: No (2 votes)  
  • Musician-run?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Rental fee?: No (2 votes)  
  • Books local acts?: Yes (3 votes)  
  • Books out-of-town acts?: Yes (3 votes)  
  • Promotes the acts it hires?: Yes (3 votes)  


  • Piano?: Yes (3 votes)  
  • Piano in tune?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Keyboard?: No (1 vote)  
  • Drumset?: No (2 votes)  
  • Keyboard amp?: No (1 vote)  
  • Guitar amp?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Bass amp?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • PA system?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Sound person?: No (1 vote)  

The room

  • Stage?: Yes (1 vote)  No (1 vote)  
  • Backstage/Green Room?: No (2 votes)  
  • Space for dancing?: Yes (1 vote)  
  • Primarily background music?: No (1 vote)  
  • Serves Food?: No (2 votes)  
  • Liquor License?: Yes (2 votes)  
  • Capacity: 0-50 (2 votes)  

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Reviews from musicians



18 Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars   


Yes, it's a great place to play. The previous reviewers have it right -- the separation of the rooms is good. There's always an appreciative audience, and I *do* appreciate that the barstaff makes the rounds with the tip jar AGGRESSIVELY. They also promote their lineup heavily. There's a good crowd of regulars. It's a good place to play, and/or hang. However, there's no guarantee usually. That's why this is getting only 3 stars.


Cool Guy

3 Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars   


1 thing I love about Barbes is that the music room is the music room (like a recital room, really), the bar is in the barroom.
Another thing I dig is that while you're only making tips there, they do an excellent job of working the jar, I've made (relatively) good money there, nice that the artist doesn't have to hassle the audience for money, too.
Great owners nice staff some backline, in my top 5 places to play.



4 Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars   


Playing in the back room is nice because it's so small and people come to listen, while the noisy crowd stays in the bar area. You get free beer if you're playing as well as the entire cover charge, but they generally don't give you a guarantee. The acoustics are pretty good and the staff are friendly. Barbes is also good at getting press for their shows, often getting shows listed in NY Times.